Enlarge / You’ll be able to’t inform from this photograph, however the One X is extremely dense.

Microsoft has introduced that the Xbox One will get 120Hz-display refresh-rate assist in a software program replace for the consoles. Help for larger refresh charges opens the door for smoother gameplay, each by way of efficiency and enter responsiveness.

In a information submit on the Xbox web site, Microsoft briefly described the 120Hz characteristic, together with a number of different updates, and mentioned they’re coming this Could. Different coming modifications embrace the power to group video games and apps in new methods for simpler shopping of your library, an improved interface for managing household account permissions for fogeys, a slight overhaul of button instructions within the Xbox interface, the power to trim sport seize clips immediately from the Information interface, and enhancements to the Xbox Equipment app.

Earlier this 12 months, Microsoft added assist for AMD FreeSync 2 to the Xbox One S and Xbox One X. FreeSync is a variable refresh charge (VRR) expertise that reduces distracting display screen tearing on many shows with out impacting sport efficiency. FreeSync, together with 1440p decision assist that was added in the identical replace (and now 120Hz assist), all broaden the Xbox One S and Xbox One X’s compatibility with pc displays. Microsoft is positioning the Xbox One as a substitute for a gaming desktop, even when your most popular setup is within the dwelling workplace relatively than the lounge. That mentioned, many TVs additionally assist 120Hz.

Let’s handle some expectations right here, although: you will not be capable of play 4K video games at 120fps within the upcoming 120Hz replace, as a result of the HDMI 2.zero normal used within the Xbox One S and Xbox One X is not able to that. That will not be potential till HDMI 2.1, which possible will not be obtainable in shopper TVs or future Xbox fashions till subsequent 12 months. For now, the Xbox One S and Xbox One X will solely assist 120Hz at 1080p and 1440p resolutions.

Microsoft’s information submit does not make clear whether or not 120Hz assist will come to all Xbox One fashions or simply some, however we’ll be stunned if we see it within the authentic Xbox One (that’s, the one which precedes the more moderen S or X fashions), as a result of the unique Xbox One makes use of HDMI 1.4a, which is much more limiting than 2.zero.

It is also essential to notice that, whereas the console itself will assist 120Hz, the video games will not essentially assist it. There are advantages to operating a sport at 60fps on a 120Hz monitor, however sport builders should replace their video games to supply 120fps modes to take full benefit of the expertise. Normally, the usual Xbox One and Xbox One S will not be capable of hit that focus on, however the Xbox One X might handle that at 1080p and 1440p for a lot of video games, ought to builders select to assist it.


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